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Updated: January 27, 2013 09:49 IST

Manushyaputhiran incurs wrath of Muslim body for death penalty views

B. Kolappan
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Manushyaputhran. Photo: N.Sridharan
Manushyaputhran. Photo: N.Sridharan

Tamil poet and writer Manushyaputhiran faces the wrath of a Muslim organisation for expressing his views against the beheading of Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia after being found guilty of smothering a child to death.

Besides denigrating Manushyaputhiran alias Sahul Hameed in strong language, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath, a Muslim organisation, has challenged him for a debate on capital punishment. P. Jainulabdeen, president of the organisation, has also asked DMK president M. Karunanidhi to participate in the debate as the latter supported Manushyaputhiran’s arguments against the death penalty.

A public meeting has been organised on Sunday against Manushyaputhiran, Nakkheeran editor R.R. Gopal (in whose magazine the writer’s article had appeared) and Mr. Karunanidhi.

“They allege that I have spoken against the Shariat Law. When many countries, including Muslim countries, have banned the death penalty, the barbaric act is still in practice in Saudi Arabia. I wrote against it in Nakkheeran magazine, arguing that it is against civilisation. Fundamentalist elements keen on mobilising Muslim youth for political motives have launched a campaign against me,” said Manushyaputhiran.

He said there were a lot of messages on his Facebook wall and one person even went to the extent of saying that he would physically assault him and would not mind facing the legal consequences. “They are threatening me and calling me for a debate. All I said was that Rizana was only 17 years old when she was executed and no international guidelines were followed in her case. I want to point out that two Europeans sentenced to death penalty could escape punishment in Saudi Arabia because of international pressure. On the other hand, a poor Muslim girl from an Asian country has been brutally killed,” said Manushyaputhiran.

According to him, organisations like the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath are advocating a pure form of Islam, closing the doors on local Tamil culture and seeking to convert it into a religion that cannot accommodate democratic norms. “I have also expressed my views against the ban on Vishwaroopam because freedom of expression is as important as the rights of minorities,” he said.

In his letter to Manushyaputhiran, Mr. Jainulabdeen said the writer had distorted facts while criticising the execution, including the fact that the maid was not a minor at the time of offence. He had accused the writer of advancing irrelevant arguments against the death penalty.

Efforts to contact Mr. Jainulabdeen were in vain.

Why do these people so vehementally defend Saudi as if its their homeland? Such actions only give more fodder to the HIndutva forces.

from:  AK
Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 at 10:05 IST

no country should send out their women to work as domestics. there is so
much work to do in one's own country and money is not more important
than life. god has given us hands to do our own work. when we do our own
work, we praise god for giving us two hands. it is very rewarding to do
one's own work. children are sent from god so we should be thankful to
him and look after his gifts. by giving these gifts to others to look
after is ingratitude.

from:  ms
Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 at 07:59 IST

To any fair-minded person, Rizana Nafeek, who was beheaded this month
in Saudi Arabia, was an innocent person. Rizana had been in the
country for barely two weeks - what motive would she have to kill her
employer's baby after having just traveled half the world for the job?
Rizana, who was hardly 17 at the time, stated the 4 month old baby
choked while bottle feeding. No witnesses were present when the
incident occurred, and no postmortem was ever performed to ascertain
the cause of death. She did not have access to due process or the
presumption of innocence. Rizana did not harm the infant. She was
falsely accused, convicted without evidence, and unjustly killed.

from:  Fil Munas
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 20:07 IST

Different Islamic scholars interpret Koran in different ways. Likes
of Dr. Zakir Naik of peace tv parrot selected verses to prove Islam
is peace, whereas Mullah Omar, and other buddies of Bin Laddan
emphasize verses that send them to heaven where there are eternal
virgins with jihad meaning fight for Allah to spread Islam. Not just
17 year old Rizana, they'll kill anyone to set example.

Some Muslims openly and others on the sly help enforce shariya code
on Muslims and/or where Muslims are the majority in Sri Lanka
meaning the East. They have conveniently forgotten that Sinhala
King, Senerath first settled them there just three hundred years
back. Now Muslims want a piece of Sri Lanka to live Muslim way. Such
people do not accept our constitution but Koran.

Muslims fought Muslims in the form of Wahabis and Salafists in
Katthankudy, Beruwala and so many places in Sri Lanka. In Maldives,
Wahhabi Jihadists recently killed two MPs – Dr Afrasheem Ali &
Aishath Velezinee to go to heaven.

from:  Leela
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 16:31 IST

Thankfully, the Constitution of India was not written by idiots like Jainulabdeen or the Saudi Royal Family! Has he ever heard about freedom of speech of opinion? If Jainulabdeen is entitled to his opinion without any physical violence, then Manushyaputhiran is also entitled to his own. Period!

from:  prasanna
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 16:20 IST

Who is Mr P. Jainulabdeen? What right does he have to debate about the happenings in Saudi Arabia? Will he come for a Public debate to discuss on the Indonesian Bali blast staged by Muslim terrorists and fundamentalist? Non entities like MR P Jainulabdeen are cheap political products who exploits religious sentiments to garner votes and to stay in lime light. It is better to avoid giving publicity and ignore these cheap elements.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 14:16 IST

Dear Editor!   I have to clarify certain things about your article. Indeed the Tamilnadu
Tawheed Jamath has called Manushyaputhiran, Nakkeeran and others for a debate on
capital punishment. But never TNTJ  advocates violence. If someone has threatened
Manushyaputhiran to physically assault him, then surely it should be condemned.  At
the same time, a well known writer like Manushyaputhiran while writing in social
sites should maintain some respect for the opposition thoughts. He called the people of
opposition thought as fools. That was the reason why all these bashes against him
started. Whatever bashes he got was because of him. He should act as a wise person in
the first person, before calling others as fools. But his article on Rizana Nafeek's issue
contains nothing but blatant lies. I am surprised how an intellect like Mr. Karunanidi
used Manushyaputhiran's article as a proof.   Last you told that you tried to contact Mr.
Zainul Abideen. But you could not. The TNTJ may contact you

from:  Arshath Rahman
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 14:14 IST
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